Our 2015 Rebel with a Cause: Investor, Philanthropist Tom Steyer

Conservation Colorado is proud to announce that Investor, Philanthropist and Advanced Energy Advocate and founder of NextGen Climate, Tom Steyer will be recognized as our 2015 Rebel with Cause at our annual Gala on June 4, 5 P.M, Hyatt Regency – 650 15th St, Denver, CO.

Below is a statement from Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith, background on our 2015 Gala, and a bio for Tom Steyer:

“Conservation Colorado is honored to recognize Tom Steyer as our 2015 Rebel with a Cause.  Tom has dedicated himself through advocacy and philanthropic efforts to tackling one of the defining issues of our time – reducing carbon pollution and combating climate change.

Tom has brought unlikely interests and the business community together to work on achievable solutions for addressing rising global temperatures. Tom has also backed up his dedication on climate change by meaningfully engaging in our political process to help elect candidates willing to take leadership and action on reducing carbon pollution.  We are proud to recognize Tom Steyer for his efforts and look forward to honoring him at our 2015 Rebel with a Cause Gala.”

2015 Rebel with a Cause Gala: For over a decade, the most influential political figures, business leaders, environmental visionaries, and philanthropists have come together for Colorado’s largest political event for the environment.  Enjoy a spectacular evening with these critical members of the conservation community and contribute to a stronger future for Colorado!  Enjoy a wonderful meal, silent auction, and mingle with the conservation leaders of Colorado.

Tom Steyer Biography:

Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.

In 2010, Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, Tom worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California’s historic plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.

In 2012, Tom led a campaign to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California schools annually by closing a corporate tax loophole. To date, Proposition 39 has put nearly a billion dollars into California schools and clean energy projects, saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts.  He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom also serves as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.

Tom’s dedication to public service is greatly inspired by his wife, Kat, the co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank in Oakland. They founded this nonprofit community bank in 2007 to provide loans to people and small businesses shut out by the traditional banking system. Unlike most banks, by statute Beneficial State Bank invests any profits back into the community.

Tom and Kat live in San Francisco and have four children.

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2015
Contact:  Chris Arend, Conservation Colorado, 303-908-7910 (cell)